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Sachini Bandara, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 357
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2018
MS, Harvard School of Public Health, 2011
BA, University of California, Berkeley, 2007


Sachini Bandara is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the evaluation of mental health and substance use policies. Her interests include examining the impacts of financing and delivery system reforms on persons with mental illness and substance use disorders, policies affecting individuals involved in the carceral system, and policy responses to the U.S. overdose crisis. Dr. Bandara also conducts research to identify communication strategies that can reduce public stigma and improve support for public health policies.

Honors and Awards

2013-2018 JHSPH Brown Community Health Scholars Program

  • mental illness
  • substance use
  • criminal justice
  • social policy
  • Medicaid, policy communication

Selected Recent Publications

  • Bandara SN, Kennedy-Hendricks A, Stuart EA, Barry CL, Abrams MT, Daumit GL, McGinty EE. (2020) The Effect of the Maryland Medicaid Health Home Program on Emergency Department and Inpatient Utilization Among Individuals with Serious Mental Illness. General Hospital Psychiatry. 64:99-104
  • Bandara SN, McGinty EE, Barry CL. (2020) Message Framing to Reduce Stigma and Increase Support for Policies to Improve the Wellbeing of People with Prior Drug Convictions. International Journal of Drug Policy. 76: 102643.
  • Bandara SN, Samples H, Crum, R, Saloner B. (2018) Is Screening and Intervention Associated with Treatment Receipt Among Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorder? Evidence from a National Survey. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 92: 85-90.
  • Bandara SN, Daumit GL, Kennedy-Hendricks A, Linden S, Choksy S, McGinty EE. (2018) Mental Health Providers' Attitudes about Criminal Justice-Involved Clients with Serious Mental Illness. Psychiatric Services, 69(4), 472-475.
  • Bandara SN, Huskamp HA, Riedel LE, McGinty EE, Webster DW, Toone RE, Barry CL. (2015) Leveraging the Affordable Care Act to Enroll Justice-Involved Populations in Medicaid: State and Local Efforts. Health Affairs, 34(12) 2044-2051.